A Letter From The Publisher: Aug. 25, 1967

DEPSPITE all the millions of words of reporting and the thousands of pictures that have been sent out of Viet Nam, despite all the discussion and analysis and debate and controversy, there has not been an adequate public understanding of the shadowy and determined enemy that U.S. servicemen are fighting there.

It is in the hope of contributing a new dimension to that understanding that the editors of TIME decided to do this week's cover story.

Gathering the facts was a massive research job carried out over a period of several weeks by Correspondents Robin Mannock and Dan Coggin and Saigon Bureau Chief...

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